Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) took to Twitter Saturday to rail against the United States for being a nation that “worships wealth,” but Twitter quickly slapped back and proved he’s a hypocrite.
“We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don’t think that is the nation we should be living in,” Sanders tweeted.
We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 18, 2017
But according to Twitter users, the comments come off as lacking self-awareness, given that Sanders is the owner of three homes, most recently purchasing a $600,000 lakefront property in Vermont last year.
This despite being a government employee and public servant for the majority of his adult life. In addition, Sanders only paid a tax rate of 13.5 percent in 2014, a very small rate considering that he is a relatively wealthy man — compared to the rest of Americans — and routinely argues that the wealthy don’t pay their “fair share.”
Given these facts, Twitter ripped into Sanders over his hypocrisy:
@BernieSanders which of you 3 homes did you tweet that from?
— DJ (@blaubok) March 18, 2017
— Brad Helms (@cbhelms1961) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders how's that $600,000 summer house working out for you
— Social_Studies_TCHR (@HistoryTchr1776) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders ok Mr. 13.5% tax rate. Maybe you should pay your fair share, possibly sell 1 of your 3 homes and give money to charity?
— evanlution (@evanlution) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders I don't think we should live in a country where you can say this while having 3 houses and pay a lower tax rate than I do.
— Sane Thoughts (@LibertAmerican) March 18, 2017
YOU worship wealth, constantly trying to take others & control it, you have many homes pay tiny % in tax & "hate charity" @berniesanders
— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) March 18, 2017
You live in three houses. On a government salary. https://t.co/CmVgg19yPZ
— Pissed Pat (@Pissed_Pat) March 18, 2017
Sell all you have and use the money to care for the poor. I have faith in you Bernie, YOU can do it!!! https://t.co/czf7dPNIUG
— PollySpin (@PollySpin) March 18, 2017
.@BernieSanders …but you wouldn't know about that, you miserly non-charitable Scrooge.
— Jared (@jaredstill) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders Says the man who owns 3 homes one which cost over $600,000. I'm guessing you have homeless people you're housing? Do as I say, not as I do?
— lc65265 (@lc65265) March 18, 2017